Beyoncé, full name Beyoncé Giselle Knowles, is an American singer-songwriter, actress, and TV personality. She was born on September 4, 1981, in Houston, Texas. She rose to popularity in the late 1990s as the lead vocalist of the R&B group Destiny’s Child before beginning a phenomenally successful solo career. She took home 32 Grammy Awards, a record.
Beyoncé, then nine years old, teamed together with childhood pals to establish the singing-rapping group Destiny’s Child (formerly known as Girl’s Tyme) in 1990. The trio was pulled from a recording contract three years after losing on the Star Search television talent program in 1992, before an album was published. With a Columbia recording contract and an eponymous first album that produced the breakthrough single “No, No, No Part 2” Destiny’s Child’s fortunes turned around in 1997.”
The Writing’s on the Wall (1999), their follow-up album, won the group two Grammy Awards and went on to sell over eight million copies in the US. The group’s third album, Survivor (2001), reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Acting Career and Soundtrack
Beyoncé debuted as an actress in the MTV television film Carmen: A Hip Hopela in 2001. Her role as Austin Powers’ Foxy Cleopatra in Goldmember (2002) made her a movie star, and she went on to appear in Fighting Temptations (2003) and The Pink Panther (2006). She portrayed Deena Jones in the Dreamgirls movie (2006), which was a movie version of the 1981 Broadway musical about a group of 1960s singers.
Her performance of Beyoncé was nominated for a Golden Globe Award, and her song “Listen” was nominated for an Oscar Award. She then appeared in Cadillac Records (2008), where she played singer Etta James, and the thriller Obsessed (2009), before playing the role of the fairy-tale forest queen in the animated film Epic (2013) she was in charge of the voice.
For her single “Black Parade,” Beyoncé won her 2021 Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance. This year, she won three more of her awards, setting a record for the most Grammy Awards won by a single artist (28). Beyoncé later co-wrote and performed “Be Alive” for the film King Richard (2021), which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song.